Show us your life: Beauty Tips and Favorite Products!

Thanks Kelly, for today's SUYL! 

I'm pretty loyal when I find something I love in the makeup product category... I enjoy  branching out but I always seem to go back to my old gold standards! I have to admit, that I have yet to find any drugstore lines of makeup that I can use. Either it gives me an allergic reaction or it just does not seem to be worth the money. However, my dear husband and I don't find ourselves in a very high tax bracket these days.. so that may be changing pretty soon whether I like it or not. Ha! The thing is, these products seem to last so long!!!

For foundation, I LOVE Bare Minerals Makeup.  Every single time I have switched to something else for an extended period of time, my skin starts breaking out-- so I learn my lesson and switch back! 
 When it comes to the rest of my makeup, I enjoy either MAC or Clinique. Both because you seem to get a lot for the money and the colors are very well concentrated so it lasts a long time. 

Some of my "must-haves" are:

Zoom Lash Mascara Definitely love this! It costs about 13.00 and lasts a long time with daily use.
MAC eye pencil in Ebony Personally, I am always a bigger fan of a eye pencil you have to sharpen just because I feel like I can use it down to the very last stub!
MAC Powder Blush in Blushbaby  LOVE this. The shade looks great on just about anyone and a little bit goes a long way! (I'm sensing a theme here.)

 A lot of MAC's products are great AND they have a Recycling program, where if you bring in 6 old, used MAC containers, (like the stub of a color pencil, an empty compact, or an empty or dried out mascara tube) you get a free lipstick of your choice! I wish every makeup counter would do something like that! 

I also love Clinique Makeup for certain things. They have great eyeshadow duos and I also enjoy their High Impact Mascara. (Great brush wand.) And to top it all off, they do a free gift with purchase very often! I will always have a special place in my heart for Clinique as it was the first makeup I was "allowed" to wear--- My mom sure appreciated their "pale pink" pallette for her teenage daughter! Haha!

Okay enough about Make-up, there are certain things that I consider beauty must-haves 
regardless of what goes on my face last! 

*8 Hours of Sleep EVERY night (when possible!)

*8 Glasses of Water EVERY day! -- It really does make a difference in the quality and moisture of my skin

* Lots of Fruits and Veggies! 
*When I am not responsible enough to drink all my water, my daily moisturizer helps make up for it. Now, I have tried several pricier moisturizers, but my all-time favorite is from Sam's Club. Yep. Sam's. It comes in a yellow container, I think it is called GENES or something like that. It is just this big, regular container of Yellow Vitamin E Lotion. It's less than 8 dollars and it lasts for more than 6 months. WOW! It reminds me of the Dramatically Different Moisturizer at Clinque with a much lower price tag..
 AND......My number one favorite beauty secret is having a husband that makes me laugh hysterically and a daughter that prompts hundreds of smiles a day! 

What about you?


HappyascanB said...

So many women love Bare Minerals! I am a faithful user of L'oreal foundation. I had a dermatologist tell me 16 + years ago that it's made by Lancome. My splurge is Smashbox's eyeliner and brush. My now sis-in-law talked me into trying it last Christmas. So I forked out $46 for the eyeliner and brush (about died doing it!). The eyeliner is in a dish / tub thing, and 13 months later, I still am not able to see the bottom of the dish after daily use!

I completely agree that adequate sleep, water, and an amazing hubby do wonders for a girl!! Can't wait to say the same about a little baby girl in my life, too!!

Lance and Cindy said...

That's great to know about L'oreal, Bethany! I don't actually think I have tried that one! I myself have never tried smashbox but a couple people I know have-- thanks for sharing your tips!
Hope you're feeling good these days!
We're praying for Molly!

Jason and Kathleen said...

AHHH!!! I love this post! I love Cetaphil cleanser. It lasts a long time too. It's always recommended by dermatologists b/c it's very gentle! I love MAC too. and i do have a favorite blush by NARS. I also can't live without my eyelash curler. A good one is so worth it! oh ...i could go on and on.

Evan said...

I noticed that at the bottom of your post it says "posted by Lance and Cindy". I would imagine that the Lance part is all about the make up and the Cindy part is about the having a husband? Did I get that part right?

How did Lucy like the snow?